PVC Piping: The Ultimate Underground Solution

One of the world’s most versatile plastics started as an accident in a rubber scientist’s laboratory some 80 years ago. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was first created by a German chemist in 1872, but never patented until 1913. It was not until 1926 that Waldo Lonsbury Semon, who was busily searching for a synthetic adhesive while working as a researcher for the B.F. Goodrich Co., invented plasticized PVC (vinyl).1 Soon after his discovery, PVC-based products like insulated wire, raincoats, and shower curtains hit the market. As more uses for vinyl were discovered, O industry developed more ways of producing and processing the new plastic